Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

Full Ranking

                                              STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
WARRIORS      44 14 6719 6249  0.054 29.152    1  1.621    1  0.558    3  0.447    1 0.5645  4.002  1.011 -0.116  0.000
ROCKETS       44 13 6504 6007 -0.000 27.431    2  1.613    2  0.552    2  0.503    2 0.5625  3.963  0.867  0.138  0.000
RAPTORS       41 16 6376 5892  0.009 27.581    3  1.459    3  0.450    1  0.513    3 0.5518  3.928  0.699  0.326  0.000
CELTICS       40 19 6085 5878 -0.017 28.632    4  1.270    4  0.340    9  0.140    4 0.5401  3.803 -0.286  0.565  0.000
CAVALIERS     34 22 6170 6159 -0.007 27.770    5  1.057    5  0.208   16 -0.001    5 0.5255  3.974  0.417 -0.420  0.000
SPURS         35 24 5993 5811 -0.013 28.721    6  1.012    6  0.177    8  0.168    7 0.5195  3.794 -0.300  0.636  0.000
TIMBERWOLVES  36 25 6694 6515  0.003 30.069    7  1.011    7  0.175    6  0.192    6 0.5213  3.925  0.360  0.024  0.000
WIZARDS       33 24 6123 6015 -0.026 27.643    8  0.940    8  0.135   11  0.079    9 0.5155  3.900  0.124  0.034  0.000
76ERS         30 25 5912 5803  0.060 28.380    9  0.929    9  0.124    4  0.205    8 0.5180  3.902  0.261  0.149  0.000
THUNDER       33 26 6289 6088  0.004 29.174   10  0.923   10  0.118    7  0.187   11 0.5127  3.872  0.092  0.282  0.000
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
NUGGETS       32 26 6256 6196  0.003 28.842   11  0.890   11  0.104   12  0.073   15 0.5107  3.920  0.218 -0.072  0.000
PACERS        33 25 6193 6117 -0.049 27.694   12  0.888   13  0.103   14  0.039   12 0.5124  3.904  0.105 -0.026  0.000
BUCKS         32 25 5962 5964 -0.028 27.838   13  0.884   12  0.103   17 -0.006   10 0.5128  3.876 -0.081  0.070  0.000
TRAIL BLAZERS 32 26 6090 6029 -0.005 28.668   14  0.877   15  0.097   13  0.050   13 0.5118  3.859 -0.106  0.207  0.000
PELICANS      31 26 6345 6336  0.022 28.884   15  0.876   14  0.098   15  0.032   14 0.5116  3.968  0.420 -0.355  0.000
JAZZ          30 28 6002 5897  0.060 30.011   16  0.854   16  0.077    5  0.199   16 0.5105  3.824 -0.124  0.523  0.000
CLIPPERS      30 26 6046 5995 -0.003 27.756   17  0.841   17  0.075   10  0.081   17 0.5065  3.935  0.302 -0.140  0.000
HEAT          30 28 5830 5882  0.013 29.312   18  0.788   18  0.045   18 -0.011   18 0.5061  3.800 -0.452  0.430  0.000
PISTONS       28 29 5893 5899 -0.015 28.136   19  0.685   19 -0.023   20 -0.063   19 0.4967  3.849 -0.266  0.140  0.000
HORNETS       24 33 6043 6078  0.007 28.665   20  0.479   20 -0.152   19 -0.037   20 0.4827  3.902  0.020 -0.093  0.000
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
LAKERS        23 34 6114 6282  0.006 28.980   21  0.421   21 -0.183   22 -0.128   21 0.4779  3.921  0.020 -0.276  0.000
KNICKS        23 36 6116 6260 -0.014 29.468   22  0.344   22 -0.232   23 -0.198   22 0.4730  3.866 -0.322 -0.073  0.000
BULLS         20 37 5890 6226 -0.002 29.162   23  0.230   23 -0.298   28 -0.321   23 0.4674  3.881 -0.369 -0.273  0.000
GRIZZLIES     18 38 5554 5762  0.013 28.729   24  0.161   24 -0.339   24 -0.251   25 0.4584  3.796 -0.708  0.207  0.000
MAVERICKS     18 40 5920 6058  0.025 29.834   25  0.123   26 -0.369   21 -0.100   26 0.4576  3.845 -0.324  0.124  0.000
KINGS         18 39 5626 6084  0.007 29.577   26  0.122   25 -0.349   29 -0.424   24 0.4595  3.831 -0.717 -0.132  0.000
NETS          19 40 6217 6468 -0.025 29.385   27  0.079   27 -0.378   27 -0.289   28 0.4555  3.917 -0.162 -0.417  0.000
MAGIC         18 39 6016 6256 -0.021 28.449   28  0.071   28 -0.383   26 -0.254   27 0.4569  3.929 -0.064 -0.444  0.000
SUNS          18 41 6129 6657 -0.029 29.939   29  0.026   29 -0.403   30 -0.567   29 0.4522  3.949 -0.274 -0.860  0.000
HAWKS         18 41 6116 6360 -0.038 29.002   30  0.000   30 -0.423   25 -0.252   30 0.4496  3.898 -0.217 -0.287  0.000

PACIFIC DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR WARRIORS 44 14 6719 6249 0.054 29.152 1 1.621 1 0.558 3 0.447 1 0.5645 4.002 1.011 -0.116 0.000 CLIPPERS 30 26 6046 5995 -0.003 27.756 17 0.841 17 0.075 10 0.081 17 0.5065 3.935 0.302 -0.140 0.000 LAKERS 23 34 6114 6282 0.006 28.980 21 0.421 21 -0.183 22 -0.128 21 0.4779 3.921 0.020 -0.276 0.000 KINGS 18 39 5626 6084 0.007 29.577 26 0.122 25 -0.349 29 -0.424 24 0.4595 3.831 -0.717 -0.132 0.000 SUNS 18 41 6129 6657 -0.029 29.939 29 0.026 29 -0.403 30 -0.567 29 0.4522 3.949 -0.274 -0.860 0.000

NORTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR TIMBERWOLVES 36 25 6694 6515 0.003 30.069 7 1.011 7 0.175 6 0.192 6 0.5213 3.925 0.360 0.024 0.000 THUNDER 33 26 6289 6088 0.004 29.174 10 0.923 10 0.118 7 0.187 11 0.5127 3.872 0.092 0.282 0.000 NUGGETS 32 26 6256 6196 0.003 28.842 11 0.890 11 0.104 12 0.073 15 0.5107 3.920 0.218 -0.072 0.000 TRAIL BLAZERS 32 26 6090 6029 -0.005 28.668 14 0.877 15 0.097 13 0.050 13 0.5118 3.859 -0.106 0.207 0.000 JAZZ 30 28 6002 5897 0.060 30.011 16 0.854 16 0.077 5 0.199 16 0.5105 3.824 -0.124 0.523 0.000

SOUTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR ROCKETS 44 13 6504 6007 -0.000 27.431 2 1.613 2 0.552 2 0.503 2 0.5625 3.963 0.867 0.138 0.000 SPURS 35 24 5993 5811 -0.013 28.721 6 1.012 6 0.177 8 0.168 7 0.5195 3.794 -0.300 0.636 0.000 PELICANS 31 26 6345 6336 0.022 28.884 15 0.876 14 0.098 15 0.032 14 0.5116 3.968 0.420 -0.355 0.000 GRIZZLIES 18 38 5554 5762 0.013 28.729 24 0.161 24 -0.339 24 -0.251 25 0.4584 3.796 -0.708 0.207 0.000 MAVERICKS 18 40 5920 6058 0.025 29.834 25 0.123 26 -0.369 21 -0.100 26 0.4576 3.845 -0.324 0.124 0.000

CENTRAL DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR CAVALIERS 34 22 6170 6159 -0.007 27.770 5 1.057 5 0.208 16 -0.001 5 0.5255 3.974 0.417 -0.420 0.000 PACERS 33 25 6193 6117 -0.049 27.694 12 0.888 13 0.103 14 0.039 12 0.5124 3.904 0.105 -0.026 0.000 BUCKS 32 25 5962 5964 -0.028 27.838 13 0.884 12 0.103 17 -0.006 10 0.5128 3.876 -0.081 0.070 0.000 PISTONS 28 29 5893 5899 -0.015 28.136 19 0.685 19 -0.023 20 -0.063 19 0.4967 3.849 -0.266 0.140 0.000 BULLS 20 37 5890 6226 -0.002 29.162 23 0.230 23 -0.298 28 -0.321 23 0.4674 3.881 -0.369 -0.273 0.000

SOUTHEAST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR WIZARDS 33 24 6123 6015 -0.026 27.643 8 0.940 8 0.135 11 0.079 9 0.5155 3.900 0.124 0.034 0.000 HEAT 30 28 5830 5882 0.013 29.312 18 0.788 18 0.045 18 -0.011 18 0.5061 3.800 -0.452 0.430 0.000 HORNETS 24 33 6043 6078 0.007 28.665 20 0.479 20 -0.152 19 -0.037 20 0.4827 3.902 0.020 -0.093 0.000 MAGIC 18 39 6016 6256 -0.021 28.449 28 0.071 28 -0.383 26 -0.254 27 0.4569 3.929 -0.064 -0.444 0.000 HAWKS 18 41 6116 6360 -0.038 29.002 30 0.000 30 -0.423 25 -0.252 30 0.4496 3.898 -0.217 -0.287 0.000

ATLANTIC DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR RAPTORS 41 16 6376 5892 0.009 27.581 3 1.459 3 0.450 1 0.513 3 0.5518 3.928 0.699 0.326 0.000 CELTICS 40 19 6085 5878 -0.017 28.632 4 1.270 4 0.340 9 0.140 4 0.5401 3.803 -0.286 0.565 0.000 76ERS 30 25 5912 5803 0.060 28.380 9 0.929 9 0.124 4 0.205 8 0.5180 3.902 0.261 0.149 0.000 KNICKS 23 36 6116 6260 -0.014 29.468 22 0.344 22 -0.232 23 -0.198 22 0.4730 3.866 -0.322 -0.073 0.000 NETS 19 40 6217 6468 -0.025 29.385 27 0.079 27 -0.378 27 -0.289 28 0.4555 3.917 -0.162 -0.417 0.000


DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
NORTHWEST DIVISION 163 131 0.554    1  0.168
ATLANTIC DIVISION  153 136 0.529    2  0.117
SOUTHWEST DIVISION 146 141 0.509    3  0.092
CENTRAL DIVISION   147 138 0.516    4 -0.087
SOUTHEAST DIVISION 123 165 0.427    5 -0.133
PACIFIC DIVISION   133 154 0.463    6 -0.168

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.179 points in main ratings (0.186 for semineutral)
     0.022 points in improved RPI (0.019 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
Predict score:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Sat Feb 17 05:30:22 2018
games through: Fri Feb 16 2018

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